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Onawa Man Claims $2 Million Prize From Wednesday's World-Record Jackpot Drawing

Bryon Stewart Bought Just Three Tickets For Big Drawing, Hit Big With One Of Them

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CLIVE, Iowa - For the second time this week, someone who is 23 years old and lives in western Iowa has claimed a big Powerball® prize. Bryon Stewart of Onawa is the latest, claiming a $2 million prize he won in Wednesday's world-record jackpot drawing.

Stewart admits he got very little sleep Wednesday night after he and his girlfriend realized that he had won big.

"But with all the adrenaline, I feel wide awake!" he said with a laugh as he claimed his prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Clive.

Stewart, who works as a security officer at the WinnaVegas Casino & Resort in Onawa, said he bought his winning ticket Wednesday night, just a few hours before the Powerball drawing. He had a total of three tickets for the drawing. He and his girlfriend, Taylor Kuhlman, looked up the winning numbers together shortly after the drawing.

"We looked at the numbers and I was reading them off and my girlfriend was saying yes or no," Stewart said. "And she kept saying yes every time. It got to that last number where she said no, but we knew we'd already won."

Kuhlman corroborated his story, and added to it.

'"He was reading them off and I'm just like, 'Yes, yes,'" she said. "And by the time he got to the last two numbers, I just started screaming and jumping up and down."

Stewart claimed the prize, but said the couple would be sharing the winnings.

"It feels great to have something like this happen to you," he said. "You just never expect it, you know? We're from a small town, just a normal couple, you don't think something like this could happen, and it does."

Does he think that working at a casino added to his luck?

"There is luck there," he said. "It's a great feeling."

How does he feel about being THIS close to having a share of Wednesday's giant jackpot?

"It would have been nice," he said. "But $2 million is a lot of money. We've got to embrace it and keep moving forward with it."

The couple said they plan to pay off some loans, and perhaps look for a house someday soon.

"The biggest thing is, I want the money to last as long as we can," Stewart said. "I'm only 23, $2 million is a lot of money, but it's not going to get me 'til I'm 80. I want to make it last."

Stewart said he will continue to work, and Kuhlman said she will as well.

On Monday, 23-year-old Joel Dominguez of Sioux City claimed a $1 million Powerball prize he won in Saturday's Powerball drawing. Dominguez, a pipefitter working on the construction of a large fertilizer plant south of Sioux City, said he planned to use his winnings to help his family, pay bills and he and his wife planned to complete their college degrees.

Iowa Lottery players won nearly 225,000 prizes in Wednesday's world-record Powerball drawing, including the $2 million prize in Onawa. The game's jackpot was even higher than the final estimates leading into the drawing, and the giant top prize was split by three tickets purchased in California, Florida and Tennessee.

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich thanked Iowans for joining in the fun of this week's historic Powerball moment.

"This really has felt like we were all part of one big conversation," Rich said. "At the Iowa Lottery, we extend our sincere thanks to our players and retailers for being part of this shared moment. It's been a busy time, but we all had some fun and our joint efforts have made a difference right here at home by raising additional lottery proceeds for state causes."

JACKPOT AMOUNT & WINNING NUMBERS

Strong sales nationwide pushed Wednesday's jackpot to a world-record of nearly $1.6 billion annuity, or $983.5 million cash option. The winning numbers in the drawing were: 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10. The Power Play number was 2. A total of 224,656 plays purchased by Iowa Lottery players won prizes ranging from $4 up to $2 million.

IOWA'S BIG WINNERS

Seven tickets purchased in Iowa came within one number of having at least a share of the jackpot. One of those tickets won a $2 million prize. It was purchased at Casey's, 706 10th St. in Onawa. The ticket initially matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball to win a $1 million prize, but the person who bought the ticket also added the Power Play option to the purchase, which multiplied the prize to $2 million. The Onawa ticket was one of eight across that country that each won a $2 million prize in Wednesday's drawing.

Casey's will receive a $2,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the $2 million-winning ticket at one of its stores.

Six other Iowa tickets also were one number away from the jackpot, matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. Three of those tickets each won a $50,000 prize, while three others each won a prize of $100,000. The difference again was the Power Play option, with the $100,000-winning tickets having the Power Play added to them. Here are the locations where those winning tickets were sold:

Prize Amount Retailer Name Address City
$100,000 BW Gas & Convenience 2101 Antique City Dr. Walnut
$100,000 Kum & Go 1920 S. Federal Ave. Mason City
$100,000 Kum & Go 7265 Vista Dr. West Des Moines
$50,000 Kwik Shop 303 W. Locust St. Davenport
$50,000 Guppy's On The Go 1532 Ellis Blvd. NW Cedar Rapids
$50,000 Kum & Go 303 W. Broadway St. Polk City


Stewart bought his $2 million-winning ticket at Casey's, 706 10th St. in Onawa. He initially matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball to win a $1 million prize, but he also had added the Power Play option to his purchase, which multiplied his prize to $2 million. His ticket was one of eight across that country that each won a $2 million prize in Wednesday's drawing.

Casey's will receive a $2,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the $2 million-winning ticket at one of its stores.

POWERBALL SALES IN IOWA

Iowa Lottery players bought more than $12 million in Powerball tickets for Wednesday's drawing, including more than $6.2 million in tickets on Wednesday alone. During Wednesday's busiest stretch from about 5-6 p.m., Powerball tickets were selling at nearly $13,800 per minute in Iowa. However, the average Iowa Powerball purchase on Wednesday remained about $7, or three to four plays per ticket. Lottery officials were pleased that Iowans enjoyed playing at a fun level and didn't go overboard.

How did sales figures for Wednesday's drawing compare to those for Saturday's drawing, when the jackpot was already a U.S. record of $947.9 million? Iowa Lottery players bought more than $8.6 million in Powerball tickets for Saturday's drawing, including more than $4.4 million in tickets that day alone. Sales peaked at about $7,900 per minute on Saturday. So, total sales for Wednesday's world-record Powerball drawing were nearly 40 percent higher than those for the drawing that had occurred just four days earlier.

Prize: $2 million  
Federal Withholding: $500,000  
State Withholding: $100,000  
Net Amount: $1.4 million  

 

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